A Strong Debut: The Party’s Just Beginning

the party's just beginning

The Party’s Just Beginning

Directed By: Karen Gillan

Grade: B

I was super excited to see Karen Gillans writing and directorial debut show up on iTunes. I’ve been a huge fan since her Amy Pond days so I really wanted to check this out and support an actress I love going behind the camera (and writing!)

I think it’s a really strong debut a character study that will stick with me but I can’t say I loved it.

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The Power of Stories: Once Upon a River

Once Upon a River

Once Upon a River

By: Diane Setterfield

Grade: A

Once upon a time a girl in the California desert was lucky enough to receive an arc of Diane Setterfield’s Once Upon a River. Her first read by the author and, if the river wills it, not her last.

It’s a story about stories. A story about lost children and a girl who seemingly rises from the dead but definitely from the river.

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5 Reasons to Watch The Christmas Chronicles

The Christmas Chronicles

The Christmas Chronicles

Directed by: Clay Katis

So Christmas/Holiday themed movies can be very hit or miss for me. I have certain things I don’t like that (almost all) the television movies fall victim to. Hell, they don’t just fall victim to it they embrace the tropes and wring them out until there’s nothing left but sad little tissues on the ground crying, “Just because it’s Christmas maybe  you shouldn’t have married the guy you only knew for a week…”

But I digress.

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Secrets, Lies and Consequences

the lies we told

The Lies We Told

By: Camilla Way

Grade: A-

Clara seems to have the good life going on when he boyfriend Luke disappears. At first no one is overly worried about Luke until Clara discovers evidence he was being stalked. Further complicating matters Luke’s long missing sister shows up when she hears the news. She wants to help Clara- but she doesn’t want anyone to know.

And Clara’s left to deal with being left behind as well as discovering the secrets her boyfriend was hiding.

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Grumpy Tells His Side of the Story

Grump

Grump The (Fairly True Tale of Snow White & the Seven Dwarves)

By: Liesl Shurtliff

Grade: A

I could not resist the Snow White tale as told from the POV of my favorite dwarf. Grumpy. Real name: Borlan. A dwarf who doesn’t actually like being unground all that much and has a deep fascination with the surface.

One day he gets his chance to break free and runs right into a certain Queen. The rest is finally, the true story.

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